What is fife?

  • (noun): A small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band.


Fife (; Scottish Gaelic: Fìobha) is a council area and former county of Scotland. It is situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with inland boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire. It was once one of the major Pictish kingdoms, known as Fib, and is still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife within Scotland.

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Some articles on fife:

Middlesex County 4-H Fife And Drum - History of Fifes and Drums
... As with other modern fife and drum groups, the Middlesex County 4-H Fife Drum Corps perpetuates the centuries-old tradition of fife and drum music ... traced back to Switzerland in the 13th century, the military's use of fifes and drums as a means of communication spread to other European countries, finding its way to ... Assigned at the company level with 1-2 fifes and 1-2 drums per company (or formed as a band at the regimental level), fifes and drums were used to regulate the daily activities of the troops ...
Scouting In Scotland - The Scout Association in Scotland - East Scotland Region
... the four previous Scout Areas of Dundee, Fife, Perth and Kinross, and Angus ... The 2nd Fife (Dunfermline) Scout Group was founded in 1908 and is the oldest existing Scout Group in Fife and one of the oldest in Scotland ... It also owns one of the most-used Scouting campsites in Fife, Nineacres ...

Famous quotes containing the word fife:

    ‘Oh beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,
    Play the Dead March as you carry me along;
    Take me to the green valley, there lay the sod o’er me,
    For I’m a young cowboy and I know I’ve done wrong.
    —Unknown. As I Walked Out in the Streets of Laredo (l. 5–8)

    When we are in health, all sounds fife and drum for us; we hear the notes of music in the air, or catch its echoes dying away when we awake in the dawn.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)